Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology



Start date: Thursday, 27 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course Titles:

  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Forensic)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Police)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Prisons)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Corporate Fraud)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Medical)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Crime Scene Investigation)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Terrorism)
  • Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Pschology (Military)

Students in the above Diplomas attend the same class and lectures. However on completion of the course, students may submit a chosen assignment in any one of the above areas in order to be awarded that particular exit award title. 

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses  with the School of Psychology can do so at a fee of €895 per course.


Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

CPD Credits:This event has been approved for 9 CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland.


The Criminology Association of Ireland approves the Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology.


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Criminology is a subdivision of the larger discipline fields of sociology and is contextualised through its relationship to economics, anthropology, psychiatry, biology, statistics, law, psychology and penology.

In essence criminology therefore has a core rationale which is based within the scientific study of crime and consequently four different perspectives may be reflected upon, considered, and examined in establishing a critical understanding of the discipline and its contexts; namely the legal, political, sociological, and psychological.

Each of these perspectives and contexts requires a foundation body of knowledge and a critical framework in order to fully comprehend the concepts underlying the discipline and their interpretive values, current understanding, and contemporary relevance. The module introduces these and explores the core relationships between them.

Initially, the concept of criminology reveals itself as concerned with accessing the study of crime from a an established legal point of view. This means also that criminal behaviour is examined as it is in violation of the law. Sometimes this means that criminologists will evaluate the laws themselves, while at other times criminologists will examine how criminal laws are created by criminal activities.

The module also examines the concepts and identity of crime from a political perspective. Here crime is deemed to be caused by breaking laws created by powerful political groups. These laws indicate illegal behaviour and in this context certain laws do not always relate to what one might naturally think of as ethical or morally defined values related to interpretations of right and wrong.

Thirdly the module considers and evaluates sociological perspectives which impact on our understanding of Criminology and explores the social, political, and economic problems which may contribute to the identity of crime within contemporary environments. In discussing this, and the other module perspectives, case study examples including the consideration of:- home situations; employment/non-employment contexts; race and racial societal values and contexts; education levels; social and political situations are explored in order to evaluate and analyse the definitions of Criminology, and the position, rationale, and identity of offender(s) and the committing of crimes.

The module finally critically analyses a keynote perspective essential to the rigorous comprehension of criminology within contemporary society, one which is frequently considered only in a cursory manner in traditional criminology courses.

This is the the psychological perspective. Within a psychological viewpoint, crime is normally viewed or explained as a form of problem behaviour which is due to an offender’s inability to live in harmony with the environment due to aberrant psychological phenomena that are peculiar to that individual.

In addressing this interpretation and definition, and its continuing relevance within todays societies, the module explores the important core relationship with Forensic Psychology in order to more effectively establish a rigourous understanding of the discipline and the subjects and fields which make it up.

Forensic Psychology is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as the application of clinical psychology to the legal arena (encompassing legal institutions and the people who come in contact with the law).

The module explores the relationship between the conceptual but cognate subject/field areas of criminology and forensic psychology and evaluates the nature of their relationship and the importance of understanding the contribution which both make to our understanding of the coherent discipline of Criminology.

The module consequently discusses the critical conceptual and applications overlaps between the criminological and psychological in society, the workplace and the professions, and addresses a relationship barrier which has been largely overlooked by many programmes which tend to focus on each field area as a separate entity rather then exploring the important relationship between them.

This module aims to bridge that gap and provide learners with an applied academic experience that covers both of these related field areas.

The module is therefore designed to broaden opportunities for individual CPD development; workplace skills development; further academic development and study; and enhanced employment opportunities within the related careers and allied professions.

The module is also aimed at providing a formal qualification in areas which will contribute to a greater breadth of choices for student/learners who may wish to subsequently pursue further academic qualifications in either Criminology or Forensic Psychology.

The applications which emerge from the study of these subject areas clearly have applications across a wide range of sectors in modern society including central and local government, the police and prison services, the court services, security services, and non-profit-making organisations, including the Health Service Executive (HSE) educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime.


  • DeliveJOKred by John O’Keeffe, the purpose of the Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology is to equip learners with a basic understanding of various fields of Criminology (the scientific study of crime) and Forensic Psychology from a historical, contemporary and progressive perspective. In addition, fundamental psychological concepts will be considered, including personality disorders, mental disorder and crime, alongside social & environmental theories of crime and familial correlates of crime – to name but four. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of the psychology and nature of criminal conduct.

    From the outset, students will gain knowledge regarding matters such as the measurement and distribution of crime in society and official responses with regard to crime prevention and investigation. During the course, students will be exposed to the psychology of criminal conduct and be able to appreciate a range of perspectives from relevant literature that seeks to shed light on crime and its commission, from psychopathy and sexual offending to serial killing. By its conclusion, attendees will have a significant understanding of crime categories, offending behaviours, and how a criminological and psychological understanding impacts on prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

    This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2) and from our campus in Dundrum , Dublin 16.

    This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.


  • John O’Keeffe is a graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Metropolitan University and the University of Cambridge where he is a life member of Homerton College. He also holds a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin and memberships of the American Psychological Association, American Psychology Law Society, International Association of Forensic Psychology, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. He is Membership Secretary of the Criminology Association of Ireland.

    From 2000-2010 he was Head and Dean of the Law School at Dublin Business School (incorporating Portobello College) where he taught both criminal and civil law. He is currently Head, Colleges of Criminology & Psychology at City Colleges and Director, Cold Case Unit and also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology, Trinity College. He was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour at the University of Leicester and appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Dept. of Sociology, University of Leeds. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is Chief Executive of AdVIC – Advocates for the Victims of Homicide.

    John also works as a broadcaster and journalist (Deputy Editor of The Garda Review and Contributor, Sunday World) regularly appearing on television and radio where he speaks on matters related to criminology and forensic psychology.

    He is currently engaged in research at the University of Oxford where he holds MCR memberships of both Oriel College and Exeter College.

  • The aims of the module are to:

    • Provide students/learners with a critical foundation in, and understanding and comprehension of, the principles; concepts; theories; applications and contexts of criminology & forensic psychology and the relationship between these subjects and respective discipline areas.
    • Provide and support student/learners in developing a critical set of perspectives with which they may analyse, evaluate, and demonstrate a critical understanding of the differing perspectives of the sociology of crime, criminology and forensic psychology and the relationship between these.
    • Provide students/learners with a clear and current body of relevant and current knowledge; information, terminology and definitions; academic and practical sources and case studies; and examples of evidence, in order that they may develop their skills and their use and application of these in the field areas of Criminology and Forensic Psychology and related academic and/or career and/or professional practice.
    • Provide students/learners with a variety of transferable skills to support participants in the practical application of these in clinical, educational, criminal justice, related professional areas, and personal contexts where this may be appropriate given the level of training, experience and qualifications of the student.
  • Week 1 – Introduction: nature or nurture? Measuring crime – separating fact from fiction.

    Week 2 – Social, Family & Environmental Theories of Crime – if only my parents cared.

    Week 3 – Biological traits, personal attributes and the mentally disordered mind.

    Week 4 – Psychopathy 1 – The Hare Test & the criminal psychopath

    Week 5 – Psychopathy 2 – The psychopaths among us; bad men in good jobs.

    Week 6 – Serial Killers – strangers in the night?

    Week 7 – Aggression, violence and stalking.

    Week 8 – Sexual Deviation & Sex Offenders – inside the mind of the sex abuser.

    Week 9 – Prison hierarchy and sociology – the inmate code.

    Week 10 – Offender Profiling & Police Interrogation Techniques.

    This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.

  • 1. Introduction to Criminology & Forensic Psychology

    The social scientific study of criminology
    The psychology of criminal behaviour
    Interface between two disciplines – the “nature” v “nurture” debate

    2. Personality Disorders, Mental Health and Crime

    The “Dark Triad” of Personality Disorders and Crime
    Mental disorders and crime
    Interface between mental health issues/disorders and external factors

    3. Social & Environmental Causes of Crime

    Theoretical explanations of social correlates of crime
    Environmental and situational criminology
    Interface between social/environmental correlates & psycho-variables

    4. Familial & Biological Correlates of Crime

    Crime, family and delinquency – the risk factors
    Biological and genetic factors in criminal behaviour
    Interface between bio-familial correlates & forensic psycho-variables

  • Students are currently assessed by way of a 2,500 word assignment.

  • Why City Colleges?

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking
  • “I believe that this course should be delivered to every member of An Garda Siochána it is very relevant to modern day policing.”

    M O’Callaghan

    “After moving from South Africa to Holland at the age of 43, I decided I wanted to grow my knowledge in the areas that I have always been passionate about. I enrolled with City Colleges to do the Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology online.
    From the very first contact I had, it has only been a pleasure. Sarah was ever so helpful and John incredibly informative with regards to all my questions prior to enrollment.
    Paying the very affordable fees and receiving my login details was done efficiently. Studying via correspondence always made me think that it would be impersonal and I wouldn’t get personal attention when and if I had issues. I am thrilled to say that this was not my experience. The class given was prompt, it was professional yet never boring or tedious. John has a vast knowledge of Psychology and Criminology and the way he carried that over to his students (me) was passionate. The attention to detail and the study material supplied was always timeously loaded onto the system and I could access it at my leisure. The lecturer engaged with the class (even though I wasn’t physically there I was able to hear and understand their feedback or comments). He was also an entertaining man, if at all possible with criminology.
    I never had an IT issue but if I had questions regarding this the query could be emailed through. Sarah is a star and I hope to be dealing with her again in September.
    I have enrolled in my next course and I would encourage anyone who wants to further their education in the comfort of their own home, on whichever continent, to do so and City Colleges is a great institution to do it through.”

    Timara Bucas

    “I would highly recommend the course to anyone, especially any one in the Gardai like myself.  If you have an interest in Crime/Branch in particular, then this course is definitely for you.  Extremely interesting but also highly relevant for work related purposes in a wide variety of areas in relation to crime investigation. Brilliant to have on your CV.  It was worth every penny.  I travelled from Cavan to Dublin once a week for the course and it was well worth it.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

    Detective Garda Ann-Marie Larkin

    “John is engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable.  His enthusiasm for the subject matter is contagious.  He has a huge breadth of knowledge and this enables him to link a wide variety of text, cases and individuals to bolster each of the subjects. John is always punctual and has a mix of text, video and spoken matter readily prepared to impart to the class, ensuring that all learning styles are catered for. I would gladly recommend this course to anyone considering an associated career or anyone who has an interest in criminology and would like an informative and entertaining short course.”

    Michelle Hourihan

    “John is a very good teacher, and at getting points across.  He has an obvious interest in the subject, which makes the lesson interesting as he is not just reading  off information.  He is humorous and brings a laid-back atmosphere to the class, making it enjoyable to sit through each week.”

    Hannah Quinlan

    “John has a very friendly and approachable manner, and a great ability to keep the focus of the class.  Because of my studies with City Colleges, I now have a strong desire to further my education.”

    Shane Costello

    “It would be hard to improve this course, as it is very well delivered at each lecture.”

    Elizabeth Mary Doyle

    “Excellent course. Very informative and beneficial.”

    Shane Coleman

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Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034  or email info@citycolleges.ie